February 10, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Costa Rica (CONCACAF), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Costa Rica, with 4 other player-options listed including possible replacements for the injured Bryan Oviedo).

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Costa Rica national team. CONCACAF (North America & Caribbean). Los Ticos (the Costa Ricans). Home jersey: red with blue and white trim.
-Costa Rica is in Group D, with England, Italy, and Uruguay. ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group D‘ (
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is Costa Rica’s 4th qualification out of a 15 possible qualification attempts.
Costa Rica has qualified for the World Cup in: 1990, 2002, 2006, 2014.
Previous WC: 2006, Group Stage / 0-0-3.
Highest WC finish: 1990, Round of 16 / 2-0-2.

Population of Costa Rica: 4.5 million {2011 census}. Capital and largest city: San José, pop. 2.1 million (metro area) {2011 figure}.

Coach of Costa Rica: Jorge Luis Pinto. Jorge Luis Pinto.
Captain of the Costa Rica squad: Bryan Ruiz, MF/FW (PSV Eindhoven/on loan to Fulham), age 28. Bryan Ruiz.

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Costa Rica (with 4 other player-options listed further below) -
[Note: squad chart below is updated to reflect caps & goals up to Costa Rica's 2nd Group Stage match on 20 June 2014, when they beat Italy 1-0 and advanced to the Round of 16.]
Costa Rica home jersey, photo from
Map of Costa Rica on globe, by Keepscases at ‘File:Costa Rica (orthographic projection).svg‘ (
Map of Costa Rica by Eric Gaba at ‘File:Costa Rica location map.svg‘.
Jorge Luis Pinto, photo by Alonso Tenorio via
Keylor Navas (Levante UD), photo from
Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg BK), photo from
Giancarlo González (Columbus Crew), photo from
Michael Umaña (Saprissa), photo from
Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), photo from
Christian Bolaños (Copenhagen), photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Europe via
Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), photo from
Bryan Oviedo (Everton), photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe via
Forwards/Attacking MFs,
Joel Campbell (Olympiakos), photo from Campbell via
Bryan Ruiz (Fulham), photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images Europe via
Celso Borges (AIK Fotball), photo from
Other player-options (replacement for Bryan Oviedo),
Óscar Duarte (Club Brugge), photo by
Marco Ureña (Kuban Krasnodar), photo by Gregory Sysoev/Ria Novosti News Agency via
José Miguel Cubero MF/DM (CS Herediano), photo from
Júnior Díaz LB/CB (Mainz), photo from Maxppp via

Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Costa Rica national football team‘ (
Thanks to, for player-position details.
Thanks to 2014 WC qualification,

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